David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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This article suggests that research in the field of human rights, especially legal human rights research, exhibits a tendency to devote insufficient attention to questions of methodology. This may be caused by the fact that human rights scholars often are (former) human rights activists. Dispensing with methodological niceties enables them to engage in wishful thinking and come up with the conclusions they were hoping to find in the first place. The article makes some suggestions for those who wish to avoid this pitfall, including carefully spelling out your research method, discussing which alternative methods you have rejected and avoiding the term ‘emerging’ human right.
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